Talented young singer goes from 'Annie' to anthem

June 03, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

Orioles fans are in for a real treat tomorrow when 12-year-old Heather Soroka sings the National Anthem. Heather is the Severna Park girl who landed the title role in the national touring production of "Annie" in 1992. According to her parents, she's thrilled to have been asked and hopes to meet her favorite Orioles, Cal Ripken and Brady Anderson.

Another guest appearance takes place on June 15 at the glitzy Children's Cancer Benefit at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown, where she will perform an original song by composer Michael Cavanaugh. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend this star-studded event, which is being chaired by television talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael. Young Heather will be onstage with such celebs as Diane Sawyer, Kathy Lee Gifford and Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Bob Dole.

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There was a tremendous turnout at the last meeting of the American Society of Italians and Friends, a group founded by former Baltimore Police Commissioner Frank Battaglia. Perhaps it was the guest speaker, Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, who attracted the crowd. Brooks is, without question, one of our nicest superstars. On hand to chat with him were Tony Piccinini and his daughter, Janice, a Baltimore County state senator; Dan Zaccagnini; Al Flora; Joanna Myers; Nicholas DeFelice; Dominic Averza; Peter Basilone; Sal Ercolano; City Council President Mary Pat Clarke, who is running for mayor of Baltimore; Julius Neveker; Joanne and Bill Rittmiller; Attorney General Joe Curran; and many more.

I hear that Brooks mingled with the guests and seemed delighted with the citations given to him by Pat Pannella, an assistant to the governor, and Baltimore County State Sen. Nancy Murphy, running for Baltimore County executive.

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The World Wrestling Federation's Hall of Fame induction ceremony is a biggie in the world of wrestling, even expecting to attract the likes of television talk show host Regis Philbin to the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel on June 9. Philbin will introduce former World Federation legend Classy Freddie Blassie as a new Hall of Famer.

Other wrestlers being inducted that evening will be Bobo Brazil, James Dudley, Gorilla Monsoon, Arnold Skaaland, Chief Jay Strongbow and Buddy Rogers, posthumously. It should be quite a show and is open to the public. Call (410) 481-SEAT for $45 tickets, which include the ceremony and banquet. Tickets must be purchased by Monday, and FYI -- elegant business attire is suggested.

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Hats off to:

Maj. Gen. James F. Fretterd, the adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, who won the 1994 APEX Man of the Year Award. The Maryland Statewide Agenda Steering Committee selected him for his "boldness in hiring and promoting women to significant positions . . . " Pam White, an attorney with Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, was honored with the distinguished Alumni Award of Washington and Lee University. White, a 1977 Washington and Lee law school grad, is the first woman ever to receive the award . . . Robert R. Cohen, host of the radio talk program "Law and the People," celebrated his 3,000th broadcast recently. Radio stations WCAO and WXYV have provided air time to the Baltimore City Bar Association for the past 30 years . . . Chris Dickerson, author of "To Bury Caesar," a one-man play about John Wilkes Booth, is the new marketing director at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia.

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I am planning to run a calendar of social events on Sunday, July 3, which will list parties, fund-raisers, etc., that take place during the months of July, August and September. If you would like your event included, please send the information by June 26 to my attention, The Sun, 501 North Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

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